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Pittsburgh Family Fun - Games N' At

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in PittsburghMom

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Pittsburgh Family Fun goes to Games N' At

We recently had the opportunity to visit Games N' At on the South Side.  I'd heard about this place for years, but always had it in my head that it was for adults and not for kids. One rainy Saturday recently, though, I decided to pack up the kids and see for myself. I was most definitely wrong. Games N' At is for both adults AND kids, which makes it rather unique. I think my husband and I had just as much fun as the kids do. We went in thinking we'd hang out and relax while the kids played, but the setup doesn't really allow for that, so we were *forced* to play. And we ended up having a great time.

Games N' At is housed in what looks like an industrial building from the outside, but feels like an old house on the inside.  It's not new and modern. Don't expect anything flashy. It's old and creaky and has lots of character. We were greeted at the front door by a singing fish (my 7-year-old had never seen one and was fascinated).  

The layout is rather choppy with different things in different rooms (hence the "house' feel) and two different upstairs areas (one housing a ping pong table and XBox games and one housing a duckpin bowling alley).  The pricing structure was a little unusual as well, but we found it to be quite fair.

To get "through" the front cafe area, you must pay for an "Unlimited Play" package.  Parents cannot accompany children unless they pay too.  The packages, however, are not unreasonable.  $5 will get you a one-hour pass and $8 will earn you two hours. For that pass, you can play everything in the place except the four token games and the duckpin bowling. Everything else is turned on for unlimited play including pool tables, air hockey, driving games, XBox, ping pong, pinball, etc.    The duckpin bowling was $2/game (we did it and very much enjoyed it, it's great for little kids who can't quite roll a regular bowling ball yet)

The first floor game rooms consist of a pool table room, the aforementioned token game room (we didn't play any token games, we stuck to our unlimited games), a large room with the pinball, shooting games, driving games and air hockey, and a "classic" room with throwbacks like Frogger, Asteroids and Donkey Kong.

Games N' At also offers birthday party packages and specials such as "College Student" nights and family pizza/game packages.  All of their pricing and party packages can be found on their website (links to the left) https://sites.google.com/site/gamesnatsite/Home


Hours, Location, Pricing

2010 Josephine Street
Pittsburgh PA 15203

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - Field trips and groups only
Thursday  4 p.m. - Midnight
Friday  4 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Saturday Noon - 1 a.m.
Sunday Noon to 8:00pm

Unlimited Play Pricing - 1 hour  $5    2 hours $8    3 hours $11    4 hours $14

Birthday Parties range from $15-$21 person including games and food
Party Packages


Photos

 


The XBox room, which is adjacent to the ping pong room (not pictured)

 


The billards room

 

Duckpin bowling (each game is $2 per person)

 

The main arcade room


The other half of the main arcade room



The "token game" room. They have a prize redemption center if you play token games

 

 

 

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RADical Days - Week of September 29

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Not very many people are familiar with the work of the Regional Asset District tax.  Each year residents and visitors pay a 1% County Sales tax that helps support things like parks, arts organizations, libraries, museums, sports facilities and public transit.  Each year, as a thank you to the taxpayers, those "Assets" are opened to the public for free on for 20 days as part of "RADical Days".

During RADical days, various Assets offer free admission, tours or classes.  Take advantage of RADical days this year and let your tax dollars give back to you!

The schedule of free days/events can be found on the RAD website or you can also get RADical Days alerts on your mobile device. Text RAD to 79797 to get RADical Days alerts – plus arts and culture updates throughout the year. There is no charge to receive RAD text message alerts; however, your standard message and data rates may apply.

Follow RADical Days on Facebook.  Download a two-page flyer with listings: color pdf or black/white pdf.

This week's RADical Days events include lots of great options!

 

Monday, September 29

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden
Free admission: 9:30am – 5pm
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. Set amidst one of Pittsburgh's largest green spaces, Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory stands as a cultural and architectural centerpiece of the city's Oakland neighborhood.
One Schenley Park (Oakland)

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
Free admission: 10am-4pm
The museum is a historical tribute to the men and women serving our country.  Starting with the Civil War and continuing through present day, our exhibits are full of equipment, photos and mementos donated by veterans and their families.
4141 Fifth Avenue (Oakland)

 

Tuesday, September 30

Heinz Field
Free admission: 10am-3pm (tours only)
Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Univeristy of Pittsburgh football and a host of special events and concerts.  Tours on the hour; last tour starts at 3pm; limit 50 guests per hour; first come-first served. Enter under the FedEx Great Hall sign along Art Rooney Ave.
100 Art Rooney Ave. (North Shore)

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
Free admission: 10am-4pm
See location details on September 29.

Audubon Society of Western PA - Beechwood Fam Nature Reserve
Nighttime Owl Prowl
Free admission: 7pm
Join Audubon for a naturalist-led evening walk through the trails at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve.  We’ll listen for owls and other creatures that come out a night.  Appropriate for all ages. Reservation required.  Space is limited, so register early.  Visit aswp.org to register or call (412) 963-6100
614 Dorseyville Road (Fox Chapel)

 

Wednesday, October 1

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Free admission 5-7PM
Biennial Artist Talk, in the PCA Galleries.
PCA Galleries, 6300 Fifth Ave. (Shadyside)

 

Thursday, October 2

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Free admission time:  (4) tours - 10AM, 11AM, noon, 1PM
The environmentally-smart, Gold/Platinum LEED® certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center located in Pittsburgh’s cultural district, is owned by the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh & Allegheny County and is managed by SMG. This 1.5 million square foot facility features 313,000 square feet of exhibit space, 37 loading docks, 53 meeting rooms and a 31,000 square foot ballroom.  The building’s dynamic architectural design is like no other convention center offering breath-taking views, open terraces, and a suspended roof structure.
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd (Downtown)

Attack Theatre
Free admission: 2-5pm
Join Attack Theatre at the Pittsburgh Coliseum for a sneak peak at our newest dance performance, Are You Still There? Drop in and meet the creative team of Attack Theatre during this open rehearsal; take part in a question and answer session with the artists; and get a behind-the-scenes tour of this historic Homewood landmark.
The Pittsburgh Coliseum 7310 Frankstown Ave. (Homewood)

 

Friday, October 3

Pittsburgh Glass Center
Free admission 10am - 9pm
Featuring heat defying acts of art including glassblowing, flameworking and s’more-making demonstrations. Last chance to see the Pittsburgh Biennial at PGC featuring the work of 12 local artists including Bob Beckman, Jeremy Boyle, Melissa Fitzgerald, Jason Forck, Toby Fraley, Vanessa German, Ashley McFarland, Juliet Pusateri, Travis Rohrbaugh, Will Schlough, Kara Skylling and Margaret Spacapan.
5472 Penn Avenue (Friendship)

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Free admission 10am-1pm
Gallery tours and family-friendly art activities in the PCA Galleries.
See location information on October 1st.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers - Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring Show
Free admission: 7:30 pm (Program A); 9:15pm (Program B)
The Ann Arbor Film Festival offers several distinct programs of recent independent and experimental short films across all genres: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative and hybrids.
477 Melwood Ave. (Oakland)

 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

National Aviary
Free Admission: 10am-5pm
Discover more than 150 amazing bird species from around the world under one roof on Pittsburgh's Northside. Get nose-to-beak with a colony of African penguins; admire free-flying birds in the tropical rainforest; meet Wookie, our two-toed sloth; and explore our newest exhibit Canary's Call, home to six Malayan Flying Foxes.
700 Arch Street, Allegheny Commons West (North Side)

Audubon Society of Western PA -Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
Birding Walk
Free admission: 10am
Join Audubon for a naturalist-led walk on the trails at Beechwood Farms Nature Resrve.  We’ll be on the lookout for birds migrating through the reserve.  Appropriate for all ages. Reservation required.  Space is limited, so register early.  Visit aswp.org to register or call (412) 963-6100
See location information on September 30th.

Audubon Society of Western PA - Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
Seed Collection Walk
Free admission: 10am
Join Audubon as we walk the trails in search of native plant and wildflower seeds that can be collected this year and planted in your yard—for a lovely garden next Spring!  Appropriate for all ages. Reservation required.  Space is limited, so register early.  Visit aswp.org to register or call (412) 963-6100.
See location information on September 30th.

Two Great Spaces, One RADical Time: Allegheny Land Trust and The Outdoor Classroom
Join these two great outdoor neighbors for a variety of activities for all ages. Ideal for families, friends and groups of all ages.
Boyce/Mayview Park - The Outdoor Classroom
Free admission 2-8pm
Guided nature hikes, geocaching, crafts and campfire treats (campfire 5:00 – 8:00 PM only).
1531 Mayview Road (Upper St. Clair)
Allegheny Land Trust – Wingfield Pines Conservation Area
Free admission 2-8pm
Join us for a variety of activities for all ages from guided nature walks about water and wildlife, to self-led fun such as bird watching and crafts.
1550 Mayview Road (Upper St. Clair)

Pittsburgh Filmmakers - Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring Show
Free admission: 7:30pm (Program B); 9:15pm (Program A)
See location information on October 3.

 

Sunday, October 5

Carnegie Science Center
Free admission 10am-5 pm
Visit our newest exhibit, BLUE! and build with enormous blocks. Climb a rock wall, try to score against our hockey robot, get nostalgic with our Miniature Railroad, tour an authentic submarine! (Free admission to all exhibits, planetarium, and live shows on RAD Day; Omnimax films not included.)
One Allegheny Avenue (North Shore)

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Free admission 10am-1pm
Family-friendly art activities at the PCA School and Galleries.
See location information on October 1st.

Children’s Museum
Free admission: 10am-5pm
Play with Real Stuff. Ink your own silkscreen in The Studio, build & tinker with old & new technologies, in MAKESHOP, pump & move water in all directions in the new Waterplay, catch words that fall from the sky at “Text Rain” & much more.  Performances by Gateway to the Arts (1pm), Bulgarian Dance Ensemble Otets Paissi (2pm) and Edgewood Symphony Orchestra ensemble (3pm).
10 Children’s Way (North Shore) 

Prime Stage and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh present Jekyl & Hyde
CLP – Main, First Floor Quiet Reading Room
Free admission 1-2:30pm
Prime Stage Theatre presents a sneak preview of our world premiere of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Carnegie Library in Oakland. Great for the entire family.  Hear the script and meet the cast before it opens.
4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland) 

Pittsburgh Opera: Rising Stars
Free Admission 6:00-8:00 PM
Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Program is hailed as one of the country's leading training programs for young singers. Meet our 2014-15 Resident Artists as they introduce themselves through their favorite arias. Reservations are required. Limit 4 seats. Register online or at 412-281-0912, x 216.
2425 Liberty Avenue (Strip District)

 

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RADical Days -20 Days of free local activities

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in PittsburghMom

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Not very many people are familiar with the work of the Regional Asset District tax.  Each year residents and visitors pay a 1% County Sales tax that helps support things like parks, arts organizations, libraries, museums, sports facilities and public transit.  Each year, as a thank you to the taxpayers, those "Assets" are opened to the public for free on for 20 days as part of "RADical Days".

During RADical days, various Assets offer free admission, tours or classes.  Take advantage of RADical days this year and let your tax dollars give back to you!

The schedule of free days/events can be found on the RAD website or you can also get RADical Days alerts on your mobile device. Text RAD to 79797 to get RADical Days alerts – plus arts and culture updates throughout the year. There is no charge to receive RAD text message alerts; however, your standard message and data rates may apply.

Follow RADical Days on Facebook.  Download a two-page flyer with listings: color pdf or black/white pdf.

This week's RADical Days events include

Wednesday, September 24

PNC Park
Free Admission 10am-3pm (TOURS ONLY)
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Best Ballpark in America. Places you may visit are the Legacy Theatre, Batting Cages, Dugout, and Press Box. Tours take place on the hour from 10am-3pm with the last tour starting at 2pm; 60 guest maximum, on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations will be taken. Please enter at the Allegheny Health Network Gate on Federal Street, by the Willie Stargell Statue.
115 Federal Street (North Shore) • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Thursday, September 25

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – West End
Make + Do for 6th-12th grade students
Free admission: 6-7:30pm
Children in grades 6-12 are invited to come to the Library for a hands-on digital lab workshop.  Please register at (412) 921-1717 or carnegielibrary.org
47 Wabash Street (West End)

Silver Eye Center for Photography
Free admission: noon-6pm
Come see our exhibit Anima, on view through October 4, which showcases portraits of the draft horses that serve the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment at Arlington National Cemetery.
1015 East Carson Street (South Side)

 

Friday, September 26

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: 10th Anniversary Gallery Crawl
Free admission: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Art. Music. Dance. Comedy. Film. Networking. Fun. FREE! Celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl!  The free quarterly showcase of art and entertainment has taken place in the heart of the Cultural District for a decade. For this special anniversary Crawl, all events will take place at a variety of galleries and spaces and feature special programming and surprises.  Patrons may start at any location.
(Multiple locations in the Cultural District, Downtown Pittsburgh)

WYEP-fm Final Fridays Concert: Nox Boys and Saintseneca
On the last Friday September WYEP presents a free summer concert on the Schenley Plaza lawn, featuring local and national talent.  Bring your blanket and chairs - and enjoy music outdoors!
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)

 

Saturday, September 27

Society for Contemporary Craft
Free Admission: 10am–5 pm
Discover the irresistible qualities of clay in Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics, an exhibition featuring the diverse and innovative work of 31 artists from around the country. Create your own masterpiece out of clay or explore food as humorous and unexpected subject matter in the Drop-In Studio.
2100 Smallman Street (Strip District)

Allegheny County Parks - Hartwood Acres Hay Day & Allegheny Green Festival
Free Admission: 11am-4pm
Kids of all ages can enjoy fun Fall activities like hay rides, pumpkin patch, arts & crafts,
petting zoo, bounce house, Halloween puppet show.  Plus, local green organizations will offer educational and interactive exhibits throughout the park.
200 Hartwood Acres (North Hills)

 

Sunday, September 28

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - World Kaleidoscope presents Pittsburgh Taiko
Free admission: 2pm
Pittsburgh Taiko performs regional Japanese drumming styles and is dedicated to bringing the art and spirit of Japanese taiko drumming to Pittsburgh.  The group strives to educate community members about both ensemble taiko drumming (kumidaiko) and Japanese culture.
4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)

Shaler North Hills Library Presents the Felicia Lynn Band
Free admission: 2-4pm
Felicia Lynn is a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh who started writing music at an early age and has performed acoustic shows for several years. Now performing with her band, she is becoming one of the region’s top country-rock performers wiith music that catches your ear and melodies that stick in your head.
1822 Mt. Royal Blvd (Glenshaw)

 

 

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One pair

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in PittsburghMom

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It's the change of the seasons. That means pumpkin spice lattes and snuggling up with a good book.  Movie night snuggles and corn mazes.  For us it also comes with some stress.

Stress because with the changing of the season comes the changing of the wardrobe.

I've talked before about Ben's clothing issues, in fact, that's one of the main reason we started seeing "Dr. Jen", our family counselor.  But while many behaviors have improved greatly, his sensitivity and pickiness about his clothes remain.

He tends to find something he likes, something that's comfortable, and wear it. A lot.

I buy several of the same thing, just so we don't have to have an argument every day over what he'll wear.

He has one pair of shoes that he likes to wear

One pair of socks (if I can even get him to wear socks. That's only if he absolutely HAS to)

One jacket

You get my drift.

So now that the seasons are changing, his favorite pair of shorts and flip flops isn't cutting it anymore.  I need to find him a new favorite pair of shoes. A  new favorite pair of pants.

We've done pretty well so far, with everything but the shoes.  He just does not like his little feet to be constricted. He's tried on dozens and dozens of shoes only to reject them all. So he still trudges off to school every day with pants, shirt, jacket and...flip flops.

We'll get there. Baby steps. Hopefully by the first snowfall. :) 

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Pittsburgh Area Fall Festivals & Pumpkin Patches 2014

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NORTH


Reilly's Summer Seat Farm

1120 Roosevelt Road    
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
 (near Wexford) 

Reilly's Summer Seat Farm and Garden Center  is located in the Mount Nebo region of the North Hills in Ohio Township.

Mon-Fri: 9AM-6PM
Saturday: 9AM-6PM
Sunday: 10AM-6PM

On weekends, wagons depart for the pumpkin patch between 10 AM & 4 PM

Each year, Reilly's Summer Seat Farm & Garden Center offers festivals, tours, school field trips, and birthday parties that are entertaining for the entire family.  Within 15 minutes of downtown Pittsburgh, Reilly's offers residents of Allegheny County (and other surrounding areas in southwestern PA) an opportunity to experience the country and have some great festival fun.

Harvest Festival of Fun

Beginning September 27 & 28 and then every October Weekend - Reilly's Harvest Festival runs from 10 AM to 4 PM. Reilly's is open every weekend for a Harvest Festival of Fun! Hayrides to the great pumpkin patch where you'll find all sizes of pumpkins for your picking pleasure, the New Boo Barn with added excitement, the Cornstalk maze, Marshmallow roast, Balloon Typhoon, Pedal Go Carts, and much, much more.  A one-price a super Harvest Festival ticket includes activities. No reservations needed, just come and have fun!

The Garden Center has beautiful mums, asters, cornstalks, bales of hay, gourds, mini-pumpkins and Halloween decorations, as well as a beautiful array of fall plants and grasses – everything you need do prepare for the Autumn season. Pumpkins are sold by the pound from September to November.

  • Pumpkin Patch Hayrides
  • Pony Rides & Petting Zoo
  • Boo Barn
  • Face Painting
  • Cow Milking
  • Balloon Typhoon
  • Pedal Go Carts
  • Cornstalk Maze
  • Scarecrow-Making
  • Country Store
  • Wanda’s Games
  • Ducky Plucky
  • Caramel Apples
  • Refreshments
  • No reservations needed

The cost is $7/person

 


Renshaw Family Farms

314 Ford City Road Road    
Freeport, PA 16229
 

We invite you to our 4th Annual Pumpkin Fest every weekend in October.
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Hayrides, pumpkin patch, corn maze, face painting, petting zoo, raised on the farm angus hotdogs and hamburgers plus lots more good food & drinks

 $7 per person (kids 3 and under are free) includes hayrides to pumpkin patch, corn maze and animal park.    

Duck pond, face painting, corn cannon and bounce house available at extra charge

 


Shenot Farm & Market

3754 Wexford Run Road
Wexford, PA  15090

Beginning  the last weekend in September and every weekend in October, plus Columbus Day, we offer hayrides to our pumpkin patch and corn maze.

It is a great way to spend an afternoon with your family, and it’s the perfect time to get your jack-o-lanterns, cornstalks, straw bales, decorative Indian corn–as well as our delicious sweet corn, apples, cider, and vegetables.  Of course don’t forget to stop at the fudge counter!

Our hayrides to the pumpkin patch and corn maze are from 11:00 A.M.to 5:00 P.M. Saturdays and Sundays.  Columbus Day hayrides are 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

 


 

Soergel Orchards Family Farm

2573 Brandt School Road
Wexford, PA 15090

Fall Festival
Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm 
September 20 - October 26
Free Admission!

EAT
We’re a family farm and nothing says family like great food! Every weekend we have a great selection of food available in our Food Barn, Back 40 BBQ, Naturally’s Soergel’s Healthy Options, Sweet Saloon and traditional festival food from local vendors.  Check out the menus for each of the food venues and plan to eat with us! PLUS – Amish-made Donuts are available every Saturday starting at 8am and are only $1 each.


SHOP
Only half the fun is outside! Be sure to stop by the market, Home & Garden Center, Gift Barn, Amish Furniture and Naturally Soergel’s for special festival products and sales! Nothing says fall like fresh apples, baked goods featuring pumpkin and apple, and all the home and yard items to celebrate the season! 

PLAY
Come play all your favorite festival games and try some new ones too! We have games suited for children of all ages and some free activities as well!

Pumpkin Painting Face Painting Cornstalk Maze Hay Tunnel Duck Pond Duck Race Sluice Ring Toss Balloon Chase Bounce House Train Flippin' Fish Spin Art Cider Slugger Shootin' Gallery Pirate Ship play area* Haystack* Tiny Town play area* Farm Animals*

ENJOY (Tickets are $1 each)

Pick your own pumpkins 11-5 pm 

 Hayrides to the pumpkin patch 11-5 pm (2 Tickets)

 Pony rides 1-3 pm (3 Tickets)

Horse drawn wagon rides 2-4 pm (3 Tickets)

And much, much more!

Free samples and demonstrations

 


SOUTH


Bedners Greenhouse

315 Coleman Road
McDonald, PA 15057

(724) 926-2541

Art Under Glass Festival
Free admission
Every weekend in October
Saturdays 9-6
Sundays 9-5

Free play area, hay maze and fun games. Daily live music performances. Local crafts, photography, paintings and more.

Additional activities include:

  • Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch - includes a tractor-pulled Hayride, a challenging 3-acre Corn Maze, one bucket full of mini pumpkins for the most popular Pumpkin Launch, and a Petting Zoo.     $7 (ages 2 and under are free)
  • Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch, PLUS pick-your-own Pumpkin    $12
  • Extra bucket of mini pumpkins for the Pumpkin Launch     $3       2 for $5
  • Pumpkin Painting - includes a pumpkin, plus plenty of paint, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, feathers, and other items to create your own masterpiece!     $5
  • Face Painting     $3 and up





Springhouse Market

1531 Route 136
Washington, PA 15301

(724) 228-3339

Friday 5-7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m .

Great Pumpkin Weekends beginning September 26 and continuing every weekend in October

  • Spidey Sling
    Corn Crib Box
    Pumpkin Patch Hayrides
    Corn Maze
    Giant Hay Bales
    Pumpkin Land
    Hillside Slide
    Petting Zoo

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

 All activities on the hill plus a pumpkin - $10/person
Just activities and hayride (no pumpkin) - $7/person


 

Trax Farms

528 Trax Road
Finleyville, PA 15332 (12 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 88)

Monday-Saturday: 9 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm

45th Annual Fall Festival
Every Weekend Sept 20 - Oct 26, 10am - 5pm
Free Admission

Family Fun, Great Food, Live Music and Tons of Games! 
Our annual Fall Festival on our 148-year-old farm, is a tradition for many families in the South Hills and greater Pittsburgh area. There’s something for everyone from grandparents to grandkids. Enjoy a hayride to our pumpkin patch to pick-your-own pumpkin or see if you can find your way through our giant, 4-acre corn maze!

 

Activities - Tickets can be purchased with cash only
No ATM - cash back available up to $50 with purchase at registers

Petting Zoo - Free, pay for food
Rainbow Express Train  $3
Trax Challenge
Corn Bin $2
Bounce House $2
Balloon Chase $2
Giant Slide $2
Bungee Jumper $6
Rock Wall $6
Land Balls $6
Hayrides - includes 4 acre Corn Maze & PYO Pumpkins! Adults $8 Children $6
Spin Art $2

 


  

Irons Mill Farmstead

252 Greenfield Road
New Wilmington, PA 16142
Phone: 724.992.9343

Besides a heap of pumpkins to pick from and 10 aMAZEing acres of cornfield to get lost in, Irons Mill Farmstead offers fields of farm fresh fun for the whole family!  Start with a Hayride around the farm.  Save some energy for Pumpkin Slingshots and our Punchin’ Pumpkins game! - See more at: http://ironsmillfarmstead.com/farm-adventures/#sthash.S1UIPHSa.dpuf

Jumpin’ Jackdaws!
Kids’ eyes will light up with excitement at the first look at this enormous pillow made for jumping on!  Kids and adults will never forget this jumping experience — it will become a new fall tradition!

Hayslide Hill!
Our barn is filled with hay bales arranged into a maze design with none other than a giant super slide at one end!  If the kids have not bounced off their energy on Jumpin’ Jackdaws, they will surely do so running and crawling through this amazing hay mountain!  The mountain is under roof and well lit so it can be enjoyed from opening to closing!

Rubber Duck Races!
Children and adults alike will have a ball at the Duck Races!  They are one of the most popular attractions at Iron’s Mill Farmstead!  Happy [water] pumping!

Corncob Beach!
What could be more fun than a giant box of corn to play in!  Kids of all ages will have a blast rolling and playing in this corny box of fun!  It is sure to be one of the main attractions at Iron’s Mill Farmstead.  Benches are handy for parents to watch the kids laugh with delight.

Cackleberry Bounce!
Simply fun!  Children of all ages can hop and bounce on giant balls of different sizes.  You will hear them giggle and laugh as they hop-hop-hop around the corral!

Pumpkin Slingshots!
Test your skills at the pumpkin slingshots!  Targets of all sorts will be waiting for you to fling pumpkins at them!

Climb Mount Arthur!
What kid doesn’t love to climb?  Climbing Mt. Arthur isn’t just climbing any old mountain, it’s a mountain of none other than: tractor tires!!! Now, that’s good old-fashioned farm fun!

Pony Express!
Sundays in October, some very special visitors will be at the farm … Ponies!  Saddle up and enjoy an unforgettable, fall pony ride!

 

 

 


Triple B Farms

823 Berry Lane
Monongahela, PA  15063

15 miles South of Pittsburgh off of Route 51

Our pumpkin festival starts the last weekend of September and runs every weekend through Halloween from 10-6. Come join us for all your favorite fall haunts, such as Storybook Pumpkinland (more than 200 pumpkin-headed characters), hayrides to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, the Big Blue Boo Barn (a mildly scary haunted barn), 2 giant tube slides, corn maze, Barnyard Carnival, and more. Special events are scheduled every weekend, too, including a magician, a mad scientist and others

PICK YOUR OWN Apples Every Weekend 10 am - 4 pm

Festival Hours
Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

 

Prices for Farm in 2012 were: $11.00 per child….$7.00 per adult  Children 2 & under FREE. 2014 Prices have not been listed on website yet

WRISTBAND includes:    BOO BARN    PUMPKINLAND    ROPE MAZE HAYRIDE  FUNNY FARM & PETTING ZOO GIANT SLIDES – 2 slides BARNYARD CARNIVAL & OBSTACLES  MINI-CORNMAZE FARM FLINGER DUCK DERBY & Slide   If families PREFER to pick and choose FARM activities, they may purchase  each individual activity Wed-Fri from 4-7pm. $2.50 per activity per person.  Last wristbands sold at 6pm weekdays.

 

 


Simmons Farm

170 Simmons Farm, McMurray, PA 15317

M-F: 9am - 6:45pm
Weekends: 9am- 5:45pm

Fall Festival Beginning September 20 

Fall Activities Include: 

-Besides the over five acres of pumpkins, Simmons Farm offers multiple field activities for children and adults. 

A Field Pass (price below) includes access to the following: 
- Five acres of pumpkins
- Free apple
- Hay maze and 4 acre corn maze and 2 acre corn maze
- Corn play bin
- 100ft slide and smaller Fire Truck slide!
- Farm animal petting zoo


Weekend Extra Activities Include: 
- Food Concessions  
- Pumpkin Carving Display  
- Butterfly House 
- Pony Rides
- Pumpkin Typhoon
- Apple Sling Shot
- Music by Fiddlin' Mike and the Fiddlin' Around Band!
-Apple Picking click here for details
(weekend activity availability due to weather may vary call ahead)

Fall Activities plus Hayride: $10.50
Price includes all field activities (listed above),  and hayride to the field (no pumpkin).

Pumpkin/Fall Activities and Hayride: $13.50
This price includes all fall activities a hayride and a pumpkin.
Also includes picking of ear Indian corn from the field (while supplies last)  

 


 

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Schramms Farms

1002 Blank Rd. 
Jeannette, PA 15644
   

Store Hours:
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

Schramm's Fall Fest & Pick-your-Own Pumpkins

As the air starts to feel chilly and the leaves turn colorful, the annual Fall Fest begins at Schramm Farms. Starting September 28th and running thru the end of October, we fill the fields with a huge selection of pumpkins for your choosing. To add to the autumn atmosphere we decorate with scarecrows and other festive displays. There is something for the whole family to enjoy.

For the kids (and kids at heart) we have play hay, and a corn stalk maze free of charge. For a few dollars we offer pony rides and hay rides around the pumpkin patch.

Also, there is a wide selection of refreshments, including Hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, apple cider slush, and candy and caramel apples. Not to mention farm fresh steamed vegetables, and French Fries made our own potatoes.

In the market customers can enjoy the seasonal favorites. We always have a good supply of pasteurized apple cider (made with our own apples) and huge selection of our homegrown apple varieties which include; Jonathan, Macintosh, Ida Red, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Northern Spy, Empire, and Royal Gala.

To assist with your fall decorations we have cornstalks and straw for sale, as well as gourds and Indian corn.

So as the summer starts to fade and the fall season arrives, make Schramm Farms part of your yearly autumn tradition. Stop by to pick your Halloween Pumpkin, buy bushel of apples, or just have a fun filled afternoon.

 


 

 

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Hozak Farms

 

488 Anderson-Hozak Rd.  Clinton, PA 15026
724-899-2400     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fall Festival
Weekends September 27-October 26 + Columbus Day

10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  No Admission Fee
 
Pony Rides(not available Columbus Day)
Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Painting
Face Painting
Refreshments
Musical Entertainment
Fall Decorations
Hayrides to the pumpkin patch (2-6 p.m.)
Scenic Hayrides through the woods.

 


  

Janoski's Farm and Greenhouse

1714 State Route 30
Clinton, PA

Open September 27 & 28 and every weekend in October to the public

10a.m.-5p.m.

Admission $6.00 per person

*Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch
*Petting Zoo
*Straw Jump
*Face Painting
*Pumpkin Painting
*Corn Maze
*Haunted Barn
*Pony Rides (for Children)
*Pedal Bike Path
and much more..

Concession stand Opened as well as the use of the picnic area.

Come join us and celebrate the fall season during our annual Pumpkinland. Enjoy with your family our Haunted Barn, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Straw Jump, Pedal Bike Path, Pony Rides (for Children Only) Petting Zoo, Pumpkin Painting, face painting and much more. There are picnic tables and pavilions. Feel free to pack a lunch or visit our food booth. During this time our Farm Market, Gift Shop, Bakery, and Garden Center are open. Be sure to stop in and see our friendly staff and enjoy the bountiful fall harvest!

 


 

 

 


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Map Courtesy of Catherine Tsavalas from the Point Park News Service
 

 

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